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Young people with special educational needs and disabilities
09 Jun 2011
Joining up pre and post 16 education; Learner centred commissioning. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

Headline Speakers

This national conference provided an opportunity for school and college leaders and heads of SEN and LLDD to come together with local authorities, third party providers and voluntary sector representatives to respond to the Green Paper.

Expert speakers shared the latest information on the steps already being taken in a new commissioning landscape; how to ensure the right type and level of support can be given to every vulnerable learner and how pre and post 16 education can be joined up.

Dr Peter Lavender OBE, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

Alison O’Brien, Project Director, Natspec, K & A Associates
Quality of support to promote learners’ independence

Lorraine Petersen OBE, Chief Executive Officer, NASEN
Support and CPD for SEND teachers, staff, carers and advisers

Richard Linley, Senior Policy Advisor Equality, Action on Access
Specialist Information, Advice and Guidance

Questions, comments and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Donald Rae, 16-19 Adviser, Local Government Group
The role of local authorities and what the future holds

Panel discussion: Green Paper, Wolf Report – in practice
The best way forward for young people (post 16) with special education & training needs, disabilities and behavioural problems: Alison O’Brien, Project Director, Natspec, K & A Associates; Bernie Emery, Partnership Development Director, Nisai; Rob Bates, Head of School Foundation Studies, City College Norwich; Dr Peter Lavender OBE, Deputy Chief Executive, NIACE.

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Seminar A1: Holistic Learning and Social Enterprise: the Clervaux Trust case study
Cate Crallan, Executive Director, Clervaux Trust; Andy Gilpin, ALS Manager, Wallsall College.

Seminar A2: Support for young people with SEND
Julie Mayo, Head of Foundation Learning, Walsall College; Paul Bagnall, Curriculum Manager, Wallsall College

Seminar A3: Individual budgets pilots
Graham Thom, Associate Director, SQW; Meera Prabhakar, Senior Consultant, SQW

Refreshments and networking
Seminar B1: Young people with learning difficulties, behavioural problems and employability and work skills
Jayne Garner, Managing Director, Axis Education Limited; Cerie Palmer, Head of Sixth Form, Slated Row School

Seminar B2: Person-Centred Future Plans: a multi-agency approach to supporting families and young people with SEND
Stephen King St Nicholas School Kent